Stephanie Rearick, co-director of Dane County TimeBank, says time banking is essentially a mutual credit system, where people and organizations agree to pool their time and talents.
"So, I can do something for someone in the system; I teach piano lessons, for every hour that I spend teaching piano lessons, I get credits in an online account and I can get help with anything from anyone else in the system for the same amount of time, " Rearick said. "So, we're just exchanging our time and talents, and it's a way to connect us."
Rearick said she wanted to bring time banking to Dane County because she said there are a lot of needs that aren't being met, especially in the human service sector.
"Our population is aging, we have more people with disabilities and mental health issues, and at the same time money for those things has been shrinking, but I realize the things that really builds communities and really builds capacity is us, and our time and talents," Rearick said.
Rearick says they have about 2,300 people and almost 200 organizations participating, but she says they have a lot of room to grow.
To join, go to Dane County TimeBank's website, develop a profile with what you can offer, set up exchanges with other members, bank hours that you exchange, and browse what services you can take up with those hours earned.
Rearick joined us on 27 News at 5 on Monday.
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